Members of the Council

Animal Welfare – Dr Anne Fawcett

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Science (Vet)(Hons), Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons), MVetStud GradCertEduStud (HigherEd), DipECAWBM (AWSEL)

Anne is a companion animal veterinarian and lecturer in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. Before studying veterinary science, she completed an honours degree in philosophy. She has been a general practitioner for twelve years.

She has a special interest in animal welfare and ethical decision making, and co-authored Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases with Dr Siobhan Mullan (Bristol University). She has written over 30 peer-reviewed articles on veterinary ethics and aspects of primary care. She is interested in the assessment and improvement of quality of life in companion animals. She blogs at www.smallanimaltalk.com and writes a weekly companion animal column for News Local.

 

Palliative & End of Life Care – Dr Jackie Campbell

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons), Diploma of Canine Myotherapy (Dip Galen CMT), Certified Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian (CHPV)

Jackie is one of Australia’s leading voices in the field of veterinary palliative care medicine. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 2006 and spent eight years in general practice before founding Sunset Home Vets, Australia’s largest network of veterinarians focused exclusively on end-of-life care.

She has a special interest in mobility, musculoskeletal issues and the management of chronic pain, making her a vocal supporter of the inclusion of allied health professionals such as physiotherapists within veterinary treatment plans. She has been a TEDx speaker and a University of Queensland, Young Alumni Awardee and continues to passionately advocate for more awareness of palliative care issues within her industry.

 

Grief Support & Communication – Rosie Overfield

Bachelor of Communication, Diploma of Counselling, Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Rosie has been working in the veterinary industry since 1999 and is a well-respected educator and counsellor. Formerly a veterinary nurse, she works with veterinary teams to help them understand the client’s experience through palliation, loss and grief. She regularly delivers workshops and conference sessions on clinical communication, grief, emotional intelligence and self-care as a veterinary professional.

To support her professional work, Rosie has gained her counselling qualification and holds a Bachelor of Communication and a Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development. She is the AVA’s Mental Health First Aid instructor as well as managing her own consultancy and training business, Mindpod, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

 

Oncology – Dr Kathleen O’Connell

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons), Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Oncology), Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Small Animal Medicine), Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons) (Microbiology)

Kathleen has been dedicated to the field of oncology since working on the human melanoma vaccine trial at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2001 as a researcher. She credits her background in immunology research and publication of a thesis on tumour cell metastasis with piquing her interest in the specialty of oncology. After a number of years in cancer research she completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, graduating from the University of Queensland in 2006 with first class honours.

Following graduation, she worked in general practice in Brisbane before commencing training as a resident in Veterinary Oncology in 2008. In 2010 she attained MANZCVS in Small Animal Medicine and then in 2013 attained FANZCVS and became a registered specialist in Veterinary Oncology. She is a co-owner of Veterinary Oncology Services and a founding partner of the new Animal Referral Hospital
located in Sinnamon Park, Brisbane.

 

Animal Physiotherapy – Brooke Marsh

Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Master of Animal Studies

Brooke is a qualified human Physiotherapist specialised in Animal Physiotherapy and is a highly motivated member of her field. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 1997 as a Physiotherapist. While working in human private practice she completed the Masters of Animal Studies (Physiotherapy) in 2005. Since this time Brooke has focused her energy on helping to establish this new profession in Australia as one of the most rapidly growing industries in Veterinary Medicine. Brooke has been involved in the development and teaching on APA courses for Physiotherapists, lectured at Veterinary and APA conferences throughout Australia, and teaching students from the University of Liverpool (UK) in their Post Graduate Masters of Veterinary Physiotherapy.

She is the director of Holistic Animal Physiotherapy and works alongside the specialist veterinary teams at NCVS on the Sunshine Coast and QVS in Brisbane. In this setting, she rehabilitates a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions and has a passion to maximise the quality of life for her patients (owners included) right to the end stages. Brooke believes working closely with the veterinary profession fosters a uniquely holistic team approach to every animal’s rehabilitation.

 

Hospice & Companion Animal Euthanasia – Dr Kathleen Cooney

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (USA), Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian, Master of Science (Neurobiology), Bachelor of Science (Zoology)

Kathleen is the council’s first international contributing member and brings with her a wealth of experience in end of life care. She has been practising advanced hospice medicine for over 10 years and is the founder of Home to Heaven, P.C. in Loveland, Colorado, one of the world’s first, and largest, animal hospice services.

Kathleen is a past President of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) and remains active in their organisation, including design of their Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certification Program, launched in 2016. Kathleen was one of the first in the world to become a certified provider of animal hospice and palliative care. She is well-known for her work in companion animal euthanasia and has authored two books on the subject. In 2017, Kathleen launched a certificate program for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy. She is a strong advocate for best practices in all aspects of end-of-life care and speaks internationally on such topics.

 

Critical & Emergency Care Specialist – Dr Cheryl Braswell

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (USA), Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, Certified Veterinary Hyperbaric Technologist, Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner

Cheryl has been practising veterinary medicine for 36 years, graduating from the University of Georgia in 1979. She originally started her career as an associate small animal general practitioner, however in 2005, pursued a residency in small animal emergency and critical care. Cheryl has a sincere passion for the care of veterinary patients with life-limiting diagnoses and believes there is a place for palliative medicine and hospice care of veterinary patients seen in the emergent setting.

In addition to her Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (2012), Cheryl is a Certified Veterinary Hyperbaric Technologist (2013) and a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner.  She is the Chief of Emergency and Critical Care at the Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergency and Referral (RIVER), Chattanooga, Tennessee.

 

Veterinary Behaviour – Dr Heather Chee

BVSc (Hons) Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Veterinary Behaviour)

Heather graduated as a vet from the University of Sydney in 2007 and spent 5 years working as a small animal vet in general practice before joining the Veterinary Behaviour Component of RSPCA NSW working regionally to help animals within shelters with behavioural disorders. In 2014, she founded Vet Behaviour Team with Dr Amanda Cole, working with families to address the crippling effect of mental disease on our pets. Her passion is to teach people to recognise and understand fear, distress and anxiety in our pets and so they can help their pets lead happier lives.

Heather is Secretary/Treasurer of the Veterinary Behaviour Chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and has been an examiner for the College for Membership in Veterinary Behaviour.

 

Veterinary Rehabilitation & Acupuncture – Dr Esther Horton

BVSc (Hons), Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Trigger Point Therapist, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.

Dr Esther Horton graduated with Honours as a Veterinarian from the University of Queensland in 1989. She has worked in small animal practices around Australia. Esther is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Esther is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She has completed courses in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Herbal medicine, Food therapy, Myofascial Pain and Trigger Point therapy, Small Animal Pain Management and Chinese Massage/Tui Na.

Esther was President of the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group (AVAG) for four years and was on the executive committee for eight years. She was the editor of the AVAG e-newsletter for eight years and still contributes regularly with recent scientific journal abstracts. Esther was the Australian House of Delegates Representative for the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society for two years and is a tutor and examiner for the Australian College of Veterinary Acupuncture and Trigger point therapy courses. Esther started her business called ACU-PET Veterinary Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Therapies in 2006 and has interests in pain management, musculoskeletal therapies, palliative care, acupuncture and canine sports medicine.